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A Long Island psychotherapist's personal life unravels when she finds her husband cheating. Diving fully into her work, Dr. Dani Santino soon finds herself as the most sought-after ... See full summary
A Long Island psychotherapist's personal life unravels when she finds her husband cheating. Diving fully into her work, Dr. Dani Santino soon finds herself as the most sought-after therapist for high-profile clients. Athletes, entertainers, politicians, and others living in the spotlight clamor for her unique brand of tough love therapy during their moments of crisis. Although her career is reenergized, it wreaks havoc on her life as a newly minted single mom of two teenagers.

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Although the show takes place in New York they actually film in Atlanta.

During the opening credits of each episode, the object under Dani's foot represents the focus of the episode. If she is working with the football team it will show a football, a car for the race car driver, and poker chips for the professional poker player.

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    • Author: lets go baby
    Over the years it's been a pleasure to see on many cable series and the FX's "Rescue Me" the work of Callie Thorne, I've saw her in many sexy scenes. Yet her work and clever look always produce blunt and brash outspoken performances she's a fine actress. So I was so glad when the USA Network decided to give her a series of her own, and "Necessary Roughness" fits her perfect, as Callie shows she has some range as an actress.

    Set in Long Island, New York Thorne is Dr. Dani Santino who as an upscale and elegant attractive psychotherapist mother of two finds herself in the dumps when she discovers her husband has cheated on her. Yet for every negative a positive will come, it seemed like a dream for Dani when she gets the call for pro football's New York Hawks(a fictional one)to be a therapist and shrink for the team. And her most famous client is troubled star wide receiver Terrence King(Mehcad Brooks)and this cat gives Dani plenty of headaches and mental pain as talent is no break from being a head case! Aside from that dealing with the growing pains of her teenage kids is enough as she has to monitor many of their moves.

    Still the doc has a little side pleasure in the form of some one night stands with team trainer the hunky Matthew(Marc Blucas). As anyone would agree and see why that Matthew has a thing for Dani she's one hot sexy doc! And her professional work is well respected as it leads her to counsel and analyze many other type of clients from entertainers, celebrities, and other sports and media figures and even politicians as everyone needs a shrink! Overall this is one good series that proves with a little advice and direction fear and many other problems can be faced and overcome in a permanent manner. And Callie Thorne is a delight she's a tough as nails and very sexy cougar who cares about people problems in this series. So do yourself a favor and take the field and get ready for the game of life that's just "Necessary Roughness".
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    • Author: Kaim
    Pleasant if fundamentally flawed show. The basic problem with this show is that tries to combine the blue sky appeal of other USA network shows while combining sometimes serious psychotherapy. As a result, the show has serious tonal issues and ends up not being very good at either. However, the show manages to still be moderately enjoyable because of one reason: casting. I feel that in television (not so much in movies unless it's a romantic comedy), casting talented actors and having sympathetic characters can go a long way and can forgive a multitude of sins. Army Wives in particular is a great example of this (and has a more talented cast than this show), but this show really works well at the top because of Callie Thorne's magnetic star quality and excellent counterbalancing from supporting players Mehcad Brooks and Scott Cohen. They help make this show more than the sum of it's parts, if not quite enough to make this a "good" show. Even so, it's not have bad as escapist entertainment.
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    • Author: Garr
    I don't know why this show has a rating of 7 where I strongly believe that this deserves a straight out 9. It has everything a good show needs to have to stand out. Good script, great characters well played out, slow moving but worthwhile plot.

    Dr. Dani Santino is one of my most favorite characters on television.She plays the role of a strong well built character of a single mother with a charisma to cherish and a refreshing smile with expressions that will knock you out. She also knows how to think right through every issue and put her words in an undeniably good notion. Well she should, she's playing the role of this psychiatrist that will solve just about anything that comes her way.

    More importantly, every episode has a new case, with new top notch players facing difficulties. Their cases will make you think and give you a brief idea of how life can be really difficult sometimes. I myself could relate to a number of them, and go on to fascinate.

    Then we have Terrence King (TK), key player of the New York Hawks with an intoxicating bad ass attitude towards everyone and a reckless lifestyle that no one can keep up with. This man acts like a baby throughout the season and is kept under control by his counselor cum friend Dr. Santino.

    The kids are cool as well, and there is nothing more they could do to fit into their roles.

    Other characters are good with only a few weak links, nothing noticeable. Nonetheless, the central characters have done a good job.

    This is one of my standout shows this year and you can very easily sit through it. Don't miss out on this one. It was a blast for me, and I can't wait for Season 2.

    Hats off to Callie Thorne the one that made this show what it is.
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    • Author: Billy Granson
    Necessary Roughness is a show about an experienced psychiatrist played by Callie Thorne(from Homicide: LOTS and Rescue Me fame) who gets hired to help out the fictional New York Hawks football team to help out with their star wide receiver Terrence "TK" King. Along the way she is also seen helping out other people with their own neurosis. The story of the show also involves the lives of Thorne's characters life especially about her kids. It's actually a quite well thought out show with a lot more depth then you'd expect from a show you'd expect about football. Also the show gives you a lot of behind the scenes perspective of what it's like to run a football team.
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    • Author: Iarim
    Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) is a suburban mom who is picking up the pieces of her life. She's divorcing her cheating husband. Her teenage kids (Hannah Marks, Patrick Johnson) are becoming a handful. A professional football team is having trouble with their wide receiver TK (Mehcad Brooks) and they call in the suburban psychotherapist to help. There's the hot trainer Matthew Donnally (Marc Blucas) and the mysterious fixer Nico Careles (Scott Cohen) on the team.

    I like most of the characters even the standard annoying teenage kids. I like the love triangle they set up. I really like TK. The first two seasons is basically a serial where Dani works on TK and everything else as well as a procedural where Dani treats a new client every week. There are a lot of changes in the third season. The football team is sidelines when she's fired from the team. The family is gone when the kids leave. The love triangle is gone. Only TK and Nico remain while they add John Stamos as the sports agent guru Connor McClane. It's an understandable Hail Mary to revitalize a borderline show but it's ultimately a failure. The last season is cut to only 10 episodes. It was a nice show before the change. It wasn't a bad show after the change either. It just lost too many characters that the fans care about.
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    • Author: Mr_Mix
    Performance anxiety is universally applicable to a written entrance test as well as a satellite launch.

    What this show vividly unravels is, how this is exaggeratedly disastrous for any sport or physical activity, a mere shake of hand, a momentary hesitation could make all the difference.

    Irrespective of the stage the pressures shown are universal, be it a schoolyard match, or common OCD like disorder, these issues are prevalent and it is a delight to see Dr. Dani tackle them head on.

    Interestingly, it is the personal life of Dr. Dani that actually keeps us hooked to the show.

    And, although surprising, I am thankful they extended the show to three seasons. A must-watch for anyone who wants a balance between fun and deep!
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    • Author: Pameala
    I think it is great that they're writing in a gay character and I believe it would have been a wonderful story line. However, the way the show approached this seemed forced and unnatural. The character they used this year has bounced from one personality to another. First he was an asshole antagonist, to a friend, to now gay. Make up your mind, guys! I wish they would have been more thoughtful with such a sensitive and intriguing (sp?) subject. They could have done so much more with it and instead it's just forced and superficial. Really? I don't write for a living and I could have come up with a better story (actually stories) line. Either somebody in an upper office who doesn't know what they're doing is making decisions or they need a better writing crew. Either way, somebody doesn't know WTF they're doing.
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    • Author: PanshyR
    Before I watched the new season I had started to wonder if I would just drop the show from my watch list. I was pleasantly surprised with the direction. I hope they will continue to move away from the emotional mellow drama of the Doctor's bad choices in men. I love John Stamos in the new role and I am glad he has opportunity to shine. The shiny new office with a google like feel to the company setup is a welcomed change from the work at home environment. It may be more realistic to have a work at home shrink with an erratic life but I want entertainment not reality. The new job and expanded characters should allow the show to offer new directions and interesting scenario.
  • Series cast summary:
    Scott Cohen Scott Cohen - Nico Careles 38 episodes, 2011-2013
    Callie Thorne Callie Thorne - Dani Santino 38 episodes, 2011-2013
    Mehcad Brooks Mehcad Brooks - Terrence King 38 episodes, 2011-2013
    Marc Blucas Marc Blucas - Matthew Donnally 29 episodes, 2011-2013
    Hannah Marks Hannah Marks - Lindsay Santino 29 episodes, 2011-2013
    Patrick Johnson Patrick Johnson - Ray Santino Jr. 28 episodes, 2011-2013
    Gregory Alan Williams Gregory Alan Williams - Coach Pat Purnell 28 episodes, 2011-2013
    Brandon S.K. Porter Brandon S.K. Porter - Demetrius Cooks 23 episodes, 2011-2013
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